The Dangers of Public WiFi Hotspots
We live in an age where we are no longer chained to our office desk when we work. An abundance of free public WiFi hotspots now across restaurants, cafes, hotels and coffee shops has brought with it the ability to keep up with work emails and work on important presentations almost anywhere.
But as the rise of internet access has brought with it the freedom of access on the move, it’s also brought with it the opportunity for hackers to take advantage of the lack of authentication needed to make a network connection. Positioning themselves between you and the server, hackers manage to gain access to important information, passwords and bank details.
However, this hidden threat shouldn’t stop you from surfing the web whilst away from your organisation, you just need to make sure you put in place a protocol which will help to avoid confidential information going AWOL.
Turning off your WiFi when working on something which doesn’t need internet access may seem like an obvious suggestion, but is one which most of us forget to implement or just ignore to save time. Even if you’re not using the internet, having the WIFI switched on, means that you’re device is communicating with the network and leaves room for hackers to sneak in. Similarly, making sure that you click the “public” option when connecting to the network, will switch off any sharing options when you’re connecting to an unsecured network.
These precautions are the bare minimum which should be taken into account when keeping secure online and the next step is to think about encryption. Creating a Virtual Private Network to access your business’s intranet when using insecure networks should be your next port of call. This way, if a hacker does gain access to important information, the file format won’t be able to be read and it’s unlikely the hacker will take the time to try to encrypt them.
When using general browsers and resources which don’t sit within an in-house system, turning on the always use HTTP option will help to keep your credentials secure.
To get more help keeping yourself or your business secure when online you can get in touch with Zenos here.